Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 89: Time to Face the Music!

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May 2nd, 2013

I woke up this morning with a huge weight on my chest. There was no more running away from it. I finally had to go to work, to face the music.

Getting ready for work, I was in the worst of moods. Nothing Patrick said could shake me out of my funk. All through the ride to work, all I could think of was what lay ahead of me.

“Or do you think I should just drop my resignation letter?” I asked, as we neared the office. “Instead of putting myself through this?”

Patrick looked at me like I was crazy. “Don’t be silly! I still don’t know what all this hypertension is for! What you are worrying about is a private matter between two individuals, who just happen to work in the same place…”

“One of whom has the power of a thousand armies…” I muttered.

“Even if it was a million armies, she has no right to penalize you for a crime you didn’t commit.” Patrick continued. “This isn’t the Faith I know! You were telling me how you were running around the whole London, cape around your neck, solving other people’s problems. Why are you so scared to tackle yours head on? Babes, she can’t do anything to you!”

That was what I kept reminding myself of, as I walked into the building. If I could believe that, maybe the fear and apprehension would leave me.

One thing I wasn’t prepared for was the show of love and affection I got from my other colleagues, right from reception lobby. From every corner rang greetings of “Iya Beji, what happened?”, “Ah, please take it easy for our twins oh!”, “How are you feeling now? Please make sure you don’t stress yourself!”, “Are you comfortable? Do you want something to use to prop your feet?”, “Can I get you something? Some tea? Some doughhuts?”

I have never felt so loved and doted on in all my life. I didn’t know how much affection my colleagues have for me. Knowing that gave me even more courage for what possibly lay ahead.

But I was surprised not to see my friend, Ejiro, amongst the throng of well-wishers who stopped by my cubicle to check on me. When I asked about her, I got some very good, and some very bad, news. The good news is that she is pregnant again!!! Yay!!! The bad news is that she has taken a leave of absence for the remainder of her pregnancy, to be on full bed rest. Meaning that for the next month, at least, or whenever time Ebika is able to resume work, it will be just me, myself, and I. Ah well. It’s understandable that Ejiro would want to take extra precaution, especially after all her previous miscarriages.

Later in the morning, I had to swallow some courage to ask my Manager for permission to attend antenatal class this afternoon. The woman who had been one of the people fussing all over this morning, had peered at me from the top of her glasses.

“Antenatal class? Today? Your first day back after being away for three weeks?!”

Well, if she put it that way!

“Yes Ma. It’s just that my doctor was very angry with me for not attending all this while. It…it might have even contributed to my condition…” I stuttered, not liking the fact that I had to lie about having had any so-called ‘condition’.

She grunted sarcastically. “Don’t be dramatic, Faith! I am yet to hear of anyone who lost her baby because she didn’t attend antenatal class!” she sighed, removed her glasses, and looked up at me. “Look…I hear you. And I’m all for you attending your antenatal classes from now going forward. But just not today. Yes, I understand that you were on compulsory bed rest…but you’ll just have to sit out this class. You can attend the next one. I spent too much time defending your time off, so much so that I wouldn’t know how to defend you running off for hours, on your first day back.”

I looked at her quizzically. “Defending me, Ma?”

She looked around, to make sure nobody was listening in on our conversation.

“Mrs. M has been asking about you. Hardly a day went by that she didn’t ask after you,” she said, in a hoarse whisper. “I found it odd, because she really had no reason to be looking for you, considering you don’t ’work with her directly.”

I felt my stomach crash to my feet. Mrs. M is Akunna’s Aunty Josephine, my infamous ED.

“She…she was looking for me?” I stuttered.

“Yes!” my Manager answered, her stage whisper getting even louder. “Does this have anything to do with…with that thing you told me about before? About your brother and her niece?”

I felt all the energy drain from my body, and my legs suddenly couldn’t hold my weight. Without asking for permission, I sat on her visitor’s chair, and stared straight ahead. I had hoped she’d have forgotten about my outburst, and the choice words I had used at the hospital. But alas, it appeared to be anything but.

“Ah, Faith! There you are! I’m just coming from your cubicle,” came a voice from behind me.

Looking around, I saw that it was Juliet, my ED’s Personal Assistant…and my heart literally stopped beating.

“My Madam wants to see you,” she said, confirming my worst fear.

 

I’m toast!

 

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Catch up on Faith’s story here:

  1. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 1: BFP
  2. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 2: Lukewarm Response
  3. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 3: The Struggle
  4. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 4: Tricked
  5. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 5: Keeping her man
  6. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 6: Men are so annoying!
  7. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 7: Bleeding
  8. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 8: The 9 Week Mark
  9. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 9: Festive
  10. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 10: The Holiday
  11. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 11: This thing called love
  12. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 12: The Pregnancy Glow
  13. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 13: The Baby & The Bobo
  14. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 14: Wahala
  15. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 15: The Abortion
  16. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 16: A Good Man
  17. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 17: Joy…and Pain
  18. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 18: Hostage
  19. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 19: Ammunition
  20. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 20: Famzing
  21. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 21: Stress Relief
  22. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 22: Diana
  23. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 23: Bestos
  24. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 24: The Miscarriage 
  25. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 25: In God’s Hands
  26. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 26: Crossing the line
  27. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 27: Last Minute Packing
  28. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 28: Ex-Girlfriend
  29. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 29: Not just friends
  30. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 30: Fight for him
  31. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 31: Faded Beauty
  32. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 32: Holiday Glow
  33. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 33: The Proposals 
  34. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 34: Baby Kicks
  35. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 35: Celebration Dinner
  36. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 36: Rainbow Baby
  37. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 37: Lunch with the girls
  38. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 38: Wedding Season
  39. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 39: Mama Patrick
  40. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 40: Misplaced Love
  41. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 41: Okafor’s Law
  42. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 42: Forgiveness
  43. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 43: Get it over with
  44. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 44: Family Meeting
  45. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 45: The Goof
  46. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 46: Worship
  47. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 47: Gender
  48. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 48: The Introduction
  49. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 49: Messy
  50. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 50: Passionate Love
  51. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 51: Instagram Drama
  52. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 52: 21 Weeks
  53. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 53: Oppressed
  54. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 54: Age is just a number
  55. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 55: Legally Together
  56. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 56: Monkey on my back
  57. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 57: Your secret is safe with me
  58. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 58: Spring in my step
  59. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 59: Level don change
  60. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 60: It’s my time
  61. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 61: Drama and Baby Kicks
  62. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 62: Love, Joy, Fear
  63. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 63: Owerri
  64. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 64: Untouchable
  65. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 65: Foot Soldiers
  66. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 66: Dem say, Dem say
  67. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 67: The Side Chick and the Fiancee
  68. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 68: Dim-Witted Brother
  69. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 69: Day from hell
  70. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 70: A Cancelled Wedding & a Kept Woman
  71. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 71: From Bad to Worst
  72. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 72: The Confrontation
  73. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 73: Away we go!
  74. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 74: Birthday Girl
  75. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 75: Caught Red-Handed
  76. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 76: Played by a Master Manipulator
  77. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 77: Showdown
  78. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 78: Sad Tears, Happy Tears
  79. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 79: Not the forever kind of love
  80. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 80: My Sacred Vow to You
  81. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 81: Facebook Likes
  82. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 82: Pregnancy Queue
  83. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 83: Braxton Hicks
  84. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 84: The Verdict
  85. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 85: Home Sweet Home
  86. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 86: The Bridal Shower
  87. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 87: The Scare
  88. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 88: Nwando’s Wedding

 

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